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Biden appears to blank on Defense Sec’s name: ‘the guy who runs that outfit over there’



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President Joe Biden on Monday appeared to forget the name of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, referring to him at a White House event as “the guy who runs that outfit over there.”

The president was announcing the nomination of two female generals to lead U.S. military combatant commands.

“And I want to thank the sec—the, the, ah former general. I keep calling him general, but my, my—the guy who runs that outfit over there,” Biden said of the head of the Pentagon.

“I want to make sure we thank the secretary for all he’s done to try to implement what we just talked about. And for recommending these two women for promotion,” the president added.

Previously during the event, Biden had mentioned the head of the Defense Department by his name, “Secretary Austin,” while seemingly reading from a teleprompter.

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Biden, the oldest elected president, has previously struggled with the names of his cabinet secretary selections, as The New York Post noted. Back in December, for example, he mispronounced the name of his nominee for the Department of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, before correcting himself with a different mispronunciation.

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In celebrating International Women’s Day on Monday, Biden nominated Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost to lead the U.S. Transportation Command and Army Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson to lead the U.S. Southern Command. Their nominations must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

They would be the second and third women to occupy such high-ranking posts, following retired Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson, who led U.S. Northern Command from 2016 to 2018.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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State officials, CDC investigating monkeypox case in Florida



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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with Florida state health officials, are investigating what is believed to be a case of monkeypox. A statement from the Florida Department of Health in Broward County stated the “case is related to international travel, and the person remains isolated.”

Late Friday a New York City resident also tested positive for the virus that causes monkeypox, and is the state’s first confirmed case. On Sunday, President Joe Biden made his first public statements about the outbreaks, saying the recent spread of monkeypox in at least 12 countries are “something that everybody should be concerned about.”

Axios reports a person was confirmed positive with the virus in Massachusetts, New York and “roughly a half dozen other cases” are “being monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”


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